Acrylic on Burlap
72" x 39 1/2"
Ay como lo escupieron
Como lo empujaron
Como lo llevaron a crucificar
(Oh how they spit on him
How they pushed him
How they took him to be crucified)
-excerpt from "El Todopoderoso", Hector LaVoe, Willie Colón
The bright light, representing the celestial light as seen in most depictions
of the crucifixion of Jesus is actually a reference to the radiation experiments
conducted on the father of Puerto Rican Nationalism Pedro Albizu Campos,
by the US government. These doses of radiation were secretly administered
to him in the form of bright white or multicolored lights that would flash
in his cell, while in federal prison and in his hospital room. Albizu
suffered from excruciatingly painful burns, attacks and seizures as a
result of these experiments. The perspective of the painting is meant
to place his legs and feet in the foreground so that the viewer can see
the burns. Many photographs exist of Albizu's burns, particularly on his
legs and feet. For further research on this issue, read "Yo Acuso
y lo que Paso despues" by Pedro Aponte Vazquez or visit the Center
for Puerto Rican Studies in New York to research in the Ruth Reynolds
papers in their archives.
Visit the other portraits of Pedro Albizu Campos in the political gallery
and the ARCHIVOS SUBVERSIVOS gallery for more information on the father
of Puerto Rican Nationalism.
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